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    CALAIS, France (AP) — French fishing crews are threatening to block French ports and traffic under the English Channel on Friday to disrupt the flow of goods to the U.K., in a dispute over post-Brexit fishing licenses. It’s the latest tension point between the neighboring countries, who are also trading blame for not doing enough to prevent the deaths of at least 27 migrants whose boat sank Wednesday off Calais, in the choppy waters of the world’s busiest shipping route. French fishermen are angry at the British government for not granting more licenses to fish in U.K. waters — and angry at their own government for not doing more to defend them. The fishing industry is economically tiny but symbolically important for both Britain and France. Friday’s threatened blockades are “a warning shot,” Olivier Lepretre, president of the regional fishing committee, told reporters. Fishing crews are expected to use their boats to block ports in Calais, Saint-Malo and Ouistreham, and to use cars to block the highway leading to the tunnel beneath the Channel. The fishers are protesting to...
    Vice President Kamala Harris spent more than $500 on cookware at a high-end Parisian culinary shop during her four-day visit to mend French and American relations earlier this month.  Harris stopped by E. Dehillerin with second gentleman Doug Emhoff and ended up spending nearly $578 on pots, pans and other items, it has been revealed. The vice president treated herself to a $367 copper and stainless steel serving dish and a $160 copper and stainless steel frying pan, according to The Washington Free Beacon. The store disclosed the vice president's haul to the Free Beacon. Harris reportedly finished her shopping spree with some smaller kitchen accessories including a porcelain cocotte and egg dish, a copper cleaner and various wooden spoons.  E. Dehillerin is an upscale culinary shop known for its inventory of commercial-grade copper cookware. It boasts famous chef Julia Child as a fan, with foodies and chefs alike considering it a must-see when in Paris, including the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Ina Garten. Williams-Sonoma, an American company, sells similar copper pots for between $200 and $400, depending on the style and size.  Vice...
    The press staged a miniature French Revolution when Vice President Kamala Harris’ press conference ended with only one question from a French reporter, and the VP granted them one more. On Friday, Harris held a press conference to punctuate her trip to France, and took questions from American and French reporters. Topics ranged from inflation at home to the Ahmaud Arbery trial to a range of foreign policy issues. Here’s how the pool report described the setup: Pool has been wanded and set up in a room inside the hotel for today’s statement and questions from VP Harris. There is a lectern at the front with the vice-presidential seal on it and two American flags and two French flags behind it. The room has white walls with red velvet curtains and flat plaid carpet. Chairs are set up like a wedding, with French reporters on one side and Americans on the other. But after taking questions from one French reporter and four American reporters, senior adviser to the Vice President Symone Sanders told the room “Unfortunately, that is all the...
    PARIS — Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron covered plenty of ground during a two-hour meeting on Wednesday but avoided the elephant in the room: France's anger over the United States’s role in scuttling its multibillion-dollar submarine contract with Australia . “They actually didn’t talk about submarines,” a senior administration official told reporters on a call Thursday. FRANCE FUMES AT US-AUSTRALIA NUCLEAR SUBMARINE DEAL What Harris, who President Joe Biden tapped to sort out the U.S.'s own border issues, did discuss with Macron was migration issues in Eastern Europe. There, Belarus has shuttled migrants into Poland, Latvia, and Ukraine in what the U.S. and Europe have described as a “hybrid attack” against European democracies. “It came up in the context of a broader and quite extensive discussion” about Central Europe and Ukraine, the senior official said. A National Security Council official said Wednesday that Washington was preparing “follow-up sanctions” to hold Belarus leaders accountable for the aggression. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko must understand that his government’s behavior “comes with a price,” said Ursula von der Leyen,...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) snapped at reporters following questions about officer Ella French’s murder and the lead-up to officers turning their backs to the Mayor at the hospital. The Daily Mail noted that a number of officers wanted a “bagpipe procession” while French’s body was being transported to the medical examiner’s office, but First Deputy Police Supt. Eric Carter rejected the idea, saying, “We don’t have 20 minutes for this s**t.” Lightfoot supported Carter’s decision and suggested the officers pushing for the procession were trying to “hijack” the night. She said, “There was — let me choose my words carefully — well-meaning but not well-organized group that wanted to hijack the procession, which would have meant that the family would have been delayed exponentially in getting to the morgue.” The Chicago Sun-Times noted that Lightfoot pointed to restrictions issued by the coroner, suggesting that adding things to slow the procession would have been unfair to French’s family. Reporters also brought up the fact that approximately 30 officers turned their backs to Lightfoot on Saturday night when she arrived at the hospital where...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot berated reporters during a press conference addressing the shooting death of officer Ella French on Wednesday, saying the media is in a "race to the bottom" and that their reporting on her in recent days has been "sickening." Two brothers have been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old French during a traffic stop Saturday night. More than two dozen Chicago police officers turned their backs when greeted by Lightfoot late Saturday at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where French’s partner remains in critical condition. CHICAGO COPS TURN THEIR BACKS TO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT AT HOSPITAL AFTER TWO OFFICERS SHOT Asked to address the officers' protest, Lightfoot lamented that "we are living in a time where people don’t respect each other." "Larger than that is this moment where people feel like it is their right to spew hatred at everyone that they don't agree with or make fun and mock, usually anonymously and cowardly from social media, not confronting somebody directly and talking to them, but using the power of the pen and the keyboard to just spew unbelievable hate," she said. "So this is...
    Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka told reporters she felt a "little bit out of my body" after winning her Olympic debut match in Tokyo on Sunday – her first victory in more than two months.  The athlete, 23, withdrew from the French Open in May to take a mental health break, revealing that she has dealt with depression. She then sat out from Wimbledon. After leaving the French Open, Osaka said she would be avoiding news conferences because they give her severe anxiety. But the time away didn’t seem to leave the superstar rusty. She defeated 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 in the Sunday match.  NAOMI OSAKA LIGHTS OLYMPIC CAULDRON TO END TOKYO OLYMPIC CEREMONY  "More than anything else I’m just focused on playing tennis," the No. 2-ranked Osaka told reporters after the match. "The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid so I feel like the break that I took was very needed. I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and I’m happy again." Naomi Osaka, of Japan, serves to China's...
    Venus Williams had an honest response about dealing with sports reporters in her tennis career that has lasted almost 30 years. Power Sport Images/Getty Images/Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images Venus Williams got candid about scrutiny from sports reporters. "I know every single person asking me a question can't play as well as I can and never will." Her comments come days after Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open for refusing to do press. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Venus Williams got candid about dealing with the press amid news of Naomi Osaka dropping out of the French Open because she didn't want to sit down with press, citing her mental health. While at a post-game press conference on Tuesday, following her French Open loss to Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova, Williams was asked about how she has coped with media attention in her tennis career — especially in light of the debate surrounding Osaka's decision to avoid press conferences. "For me, personally, 'how I deal with it' was that I know every single person asking me a...
    Naomi Osaka unleashed a blistering serve, aimed directly at the press. But what came back at her was a barrage of criticism that wound up knocking her out of a major tournament and, for now, the game of tennis itself. In the process, the 23-year-old superstar revealed that she is suffering from depression, triggering a debate over what a fabulously successful professional athlete owes the media and whether journalists contribute to an unhealthy atmosphere. In pulling out of the French Open — after being fined $15,000 for blowing off an initial press conference — Osaka said: "The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the U.S. Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that." I was rough on Osaka when she first announced she would skip the obligatory press sessions in France for her "mental health." It seemed like such a snowflake move. How could an athlete be tough enough to win major championships and yet be intimidated by a roomful of reporters? After all, the woman earned more than...
    Sex and the City star files for divorce, more celebrity splits of 2021 10 Non-Negotiables When Looking for Your Dream Home Naomi Osaka's French Open withdrawal sparked a larger conversation about athletes and media in 2021, but there's no need to choose sides in this controversy. Tennis’s Grand Slam organizers tried to call Naomi Osaka’s bluff, and it probably would have worked if she were actually bluffing. She was not. Osaka chose to withdraw from the French Open rather than submit to postmatch press conferences—a tremendous sacrifice for the No. 2 player in the world. You might wonder if press conferences are really that taxing for her mental health, but it’s not our question to ask. Osaka knows herself better than we do. If she says this is that important to her, then it is. Trying to intimidate somebody who says they have mental health challenges is not just off-putting; it can be dangerous. There is a larger conversation to be had here, though, about athletes and media in 2021. As often happens when sensitive stories blow up, some...
    The 20 best road trip movies Barbershops, bars and more American businesses on wheels The Roland Garros official Twitter account appeared to throw shade at Naomi Osaka on Saturday in a now-deleted tweet following the news of her media blackout at the French Open. The account shared four photos of other players meeting with reporters at the tournament with the caption, “They understood the assignment.” The tweet was later deleted. Naomi Osaka will not be speaking to media at the French Open. Instead she’ll be receiving sub-tweets from the #Rolandgarros account. (Tweet now deleted.) pic.twitter.com/b83dpyXN1k— Analis Bailey (@analisbailey) May 29, 2021 Naomi Osaka’s media blackout Osaka announced Wednesday on Twitter that she would not be speaking with any reporters throughout the tournament in Paris, citing mental health concerns for athletes. "I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one,” she wrote, in part. “We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that...
    A French journalist is believed to have been kidnapped by jihadi rebels in Mali and has reportedly appeared in a video urging others to help secure his release. Reporters Without Borders chief Christophe Deloire announced the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois in a Twitter thread on Wednesday, as well as in comments to The Associated Press.  The video released Wednesday reportedly shows Dubois saying he was kidnapped by al Qaeda-affiliated group JNIM and asking for family, friends and government officials to secure his release. The AP reported that it was not able to independently verify the video, though the French Foreign Ministry later confirmed the journalist’s disappearance to the news agency.  According to Deloire, Dubois — who usually works for LePoint Afrique and French daily newspaper Libération — was reporting in the eastern city of Gao when he did not return to his hotel on April 8. Deloire said that Reporters Without Borders was initially made aware of the journalist’s disappearance two days later, but had decided not to make it public in order to assist in his rapid return.  The international nonprofit head added that...
    What to Watch on Tuesday: Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist tackles racism in winter finale Social Security Not Enough? 4 Income Sources to Supplement It French tennis star Gael Monfils broke down in tears and asked reporters to show him mercy after extending his year-long losing streak © YouTube/Le Huffington Post Gael Monfils was tearful after his Australian Open exit. YouTube/Le Huffington Post French tennis star Gaels Monfils cried and asked reporters to show him "mercy" after he was dumped out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday. The 34-year-old has now failed to get past the first round in each of his last six tournaments.  "I would like to get up and tell you that this nightmare is over, but here I am," he said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. French tennis star Gaels Monfils cried and asked reporters to show him "mercy" after he was dumped out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday. The 34-year-old, who was the 10th seed, has now failed to get past the first round...
    Gael Monfils was tearful after his Australian Open exit. YouTube/Le Huffington Post French tennis star Gaels Monfils cried and asked reporters to show him "mercy" after he was dumped out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday. The 34-year-old has now failed to get past the first round in each of his last six tournaments.  "I would like to get up and tell you that this nightmare is over, but here I am," he said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. French tennis star Gaels Monfils cried and asked reporters to show him "mercy" after he was dumped out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday. The 34-year-old, who was the 10th seed, has now failed to get past the first round in each of his last six tournaments, losing seven matches on the bounce. Monfils last victory came in February 2020 when he beat Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals of an ATP event in Dubai. He was knocked out by Novak Djokovic in the semis of that tournament, and since...
    PARIS (Reuters) - France's IGPN police watchdog is investigating allegations a Black music producer was physically attacked and racially abused during a police check, said French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Twitter on Thursday. The incident was captured on closed circuit television and mobile phone footage which was circulating online. "I have asked the head of the police force to provisionally suspend the police concerned," wrote Darmanin. The alleged victim, who only gave his identity as Michel, told reporters on Thursday that he was jumped upon by police at his music studio in Paris' 17th arrondissement on Nov. 21. He said he had been walking around nearby without a facemask - against French COVID health protocols - and upon seeing a police car, went into his music studio to avoid getting a fine. However, the police followed him inside the studio and started to physically attack him and racially abuse him, he said. "I want the IGPN to do their job," Michel told reporters. Hafida El-Ali, the lawyer representing Michel, added that her client would be making a formal complaint...
    So far, the French Open 2020 has been a proving ground for the underdogs. Jannik Sinner displayed tremendous courage to overcome the mental battle against Alexander Zverev to send him packing from the tournament. But what about Zverev’s physical condition? The German hinted about COVID-19 symptoms after his fourth-round loss!  Alexander Zverev did not look 100% healthy in his fourth-round game against Jannik Sinner. The 23-year-old had to take a breather during the first set. His trainer and doctor came to the court to examine his condition and Zverev once again was on his feet shortly.  However, after being defeated 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6 by his American opponent, Zverev opened up about his health. The German declared that he was struggling to cope with the intensity of the game and said he shouldn’t have played the match in the first place.  Mandatory Credits: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes “I’m completely sick. I can’t really breathe. I had fever” Zverev said after the loss. Moreover, Zverev is unhappy with the way he’s being portrayed in the media currently. After his tired display against Sinner,...
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